Home in the Rain
As Francie and her mum travel home from Grandma’s in their little red car they are caught in a downpour convincingly illustrated in Bob Graham’s pictures which always combine realism with a touch of humour. Readers can smell and hear as well as see the surroundings and the effects on the people, the traffic and the general environment while the focus is firmly on Francie and her mum. They are not alone in the car as Francie’s little sister will soon be born and, by the end of the journey, they will have decided on a name with which they will greet her. A story drawing on everyday events featuring a black family.